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National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-990-1985
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Ranked #9 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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Toronto, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This is one of the finest art galleries in the world. It has a massive collection of some of the most beautiful pieces of art that have ever been created. I spent 6 hours here and it really is worth taking your time as you go through this lovely building. They have the finest collection of Canadian Art with extensive... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The art was fabulous to see and the descriptions helped with the understanding (coming from a person that isn't really a fan of Art museums). I personally love going here to just recline and enjoy the peace the Gallery has to offer while looking at artifacts from different cultures and regions of the world. The fountain area is especially peaceful... More

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Buffalo, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Be prepared to be here a while! This place is huge. If you are not into the really modern art don't worry you can blow thru that area which it seems most people do. The Gallery has a really nice layout. Basically it goes from oldest to newest which it pretty cool to watch the change I have never been... More

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Blind Bay, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Even with construction it was fantastic! Don't be afraid to go for lunch....food was excellent and value priced!! You need at least a day!

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Gatineau
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14 reviews 14 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I love coming to this museum. I focus my visit on different sections every time and always find something uplifting or inspiring. The architecture and location is terrific too. An outing here takes me away for a few hours, and I leave replenished... like a weekend getaway.

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Montpelier, Vermont
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The National Gallery is in walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, the Byward Market and other stores, so you can easily combine it with other activities if you wish. They have brochures in a number of different languages. There's a free coat check. I went primarily for the European paintings, but their Canadian collection includes everything from Inuit art to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Been a number of times and it is always different and interesting. Nice modern surroundings, complementary to the art on display and avoids the fatigue of other traditionally configured art galleries.

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Victoria, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The modern architecture of the building provides a lovely setting for the collection. Staff are pleasant and helpful. Appropriately, there is a good collection of Group of Seven pieces including a number of Emily Carr paintings, and a number of Alex Colevilles. One gallery is devoted to art and artefacts dating to early Canadian history, several of which are church... More

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Toronto, Canada
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28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Really beautiful collection. it will take you a minimum of 3 hours just to see the essential. The souvenir store is interesting and has some very nice items.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

It is an interesting place for people who love fine arts. The Paintings are amazing i wish to go there again to continue the journey of exploring i learned a lot and wish to learn more.

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